Over the past decade, rapid legislative change has swept the property market, affecting planning and development, land use, tenant debt, municipal services, transfer duties and deeds registration, among others. Our property & real estate lawyers provide innovative solutions to the ever-changing circumstances in the market, whether from a legal or commercial perspective.

Acting for property developers and financial institutions, the team offers the collective expertise of some of South Africa’s most experienced contractual and transactional real estate lawyers.

Team members specialise in all aspects of commercial property transactions and conveyancing, including advice on property development in relation to commercial, urban, coastal, residential and agricultural areas. Advice is also provided on cluster and sectional title developments; sale and purchase agreements; options; leases; development agreements; and building contracts. Where required, our property & real estate lawyers assist in setting up special purpose vehicles for property investors and developers.

FACILITATING PROPERTY OWNERSHIP FOR THE PREVIOUSLY DISADVANTAGED

More recently, the Property & Real Estate team has been involved in structuring transactions aimed at enabling previously disadvantaged individuals or groups to acquire ownership in commercial or agricultural property ventures. In the case of indirect ownership, such as through trusts or companies, the necessary structures have been devised, developed and put in place through a process of mentoring and guidance.

Advice is readily available on the laws and regulations affecting zoning; land usage; the environment; and mining and minerals, to name a few. The team also has an in-depth understanding of the intricacies of water law in South Africa. Where disputes arise from property related matters, the team draws on the expertise of the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution professionals to ensure that disputes are efficiently and effectively resolved. Other services include legislative and regulatory advice; commercial property transactions; conveyancing; and advice on property development in commercial, urban, residential, coastal, industrial and agricultural areas.

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